Schwabe Delivers Expertise on Water

Kurt Schwabe, an associate professor of environmental economics in the Department of Environmental Sciences, has been invited to a number of events as a panelist and speaker. Recently, he was an invited speaker at the Southern California Water Dialogue, which explores the common interests among Southern California water agencies, environmental organizations, and public interest organizations.  In early October, Schwabe will be an invited speaker at the San Gabriel Valley Water Forum, and in late October he is an invited speaker at the 8th Biennial Bay Delta Science Conference to be held in Sacramento, Calif.

Pazzani Paper Recognized as a Classic

A 1996 research paper authored by Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Michael J. Pazzani and two colleagues has been selected by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) to win the 2014 Classic Paper Award.
The AAAI, which promotes theoretical and applied artificial intelligence research, established the award in 1999 to honor authors of papers, chosen from a specific conference year, that were deemed most influential.
“The Classic Paper Award this year is given to the paper deemed most influential from The Thirteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence held in Portland, Oregon in 1996,” said Manuela Velosa, the president of the AAAI.  “Pazzani and his colleagues are being recognized for significant contributions to the field of personalizing Internet content and learning user profiles.”
Pazzani, the first author of the research paper, wrote it when he was a professor of information and computer science and cognitive science at UC Irvine. He received the award on July 29, at the 28th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-14) in Québec City, Canada.
The research paper in question is “Syskill & Webert: Identifying Interesting Web Sites,” published in the proceedings of The Thirteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-96). Pazzani’s coauthors are Jack Muramatsu and Daniel Billsus.

UCR Engineers Develop Versatile Platform Technology to Produce Biofuels More Efficiently

A team of researchers led by Professor Charles E. Wyman at the Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively nontoxic and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter (known as lignocellulosic biomass) into biofuels and chemicals.
The patent-pending method, called Co-solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation (CELF), brings researchers closer to solving the long elusive goal of producing fuels and chemicals from biomass at high enough yields and low enough costs to become a viable alternative or replacement for petroleum-based fuels and chemicals.

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